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headlines this Friday - A look at the stories making

shipping out. rescued from Beiruit A final group of Australians to 900. as the death toll in Lebanon rises A senate inquiry heard

collusion in the petrol industry. there's no evidence of price who went missing A family mourns the loss of a toddler and drowned in a Queensland dam. And in sport - take this.

suspension for head-butting a horse. A British jockey cops a one-meet Now for the national weather:

at finance Time now for our first look still biting hard? and Frank, this week's rate rise Kath, the RBA's decision on our markets. is certainly having a negative affect Kath, coming up - major companies to get on the gas. regulators give the green for two the violence engulfing Lebanon. 30 more Australians have escaped a ship in Beirut bound for Cyprus Men, women and children boarded southern parts of the country. after a dangerous journey from to safety, Although relieved to be heading fear for loved ones many of the Australians they've been forced to leave behind. the final way out for Australians, The ship was supposed to be there could be other mercy dashes but the Government has indicated in southern Lebanon. to rescue 200 still trapped is at odds with the PM Australia's Muslim advisory group over the Middle East crisis after accusing the Israeli Government a terrorist organisation. of acting like

During a telephone conference, also criticised John Howard the Muslim Community Reference Group a ceasefire in Lebanon. for not doing enough to bring about

to strike Israel's financial capital Hezbollah's leader is threatening

Tel Aviv

on Beirut. in retaliation for airstrikes have been killed, Overnight, seven Israeli civilians

on the north of the country. in a furious rocket attack unleashed are pulling out of East Timor Australian troops as the security threat eases. About 1,000 soldiers are coming home on the ground. leaving another 2,000 there The East Timor deployment on our troop numbers. is contributing to the strain Barrie calling for compulsory service Former Defence Force Chief Chris to help boost ranks. The Government says should not be training people the Defence Force who don't want to be there, to boost recruitment. but it's working on a plan then interest rates, First it was petrol, in the confusion. now groceries prices are caught up then interest rates, First it was petrol, in the confusion. now groceries prices are caught up consumer watchdog, According to Australia's at the petrol bowser annoying spikes in weekly prices with groceries. are starting to happen Investigations by the ACCC reveal for a loaf of bread on a Tuesday consumers could fork out more than they do on a Thursday. between supermarkets The watchdog blames competition for the volatility.

for a missing toddler in Brisbane. A tragic end to the search the 2-year-old's body in a pond Police divers discovering late yesterday. around 1:00 yesterday The little girl wandered off with her aunt. while visiting a nursery to search the area Dozens of police were called in waited for news. as hysterical family members hopes were shattered. But four hours later, in a disused pond. The little girl's body found STEALTHY MUSIC VROOM! TYRES SQUEAL VROOM! and all-wheel drive, With 245 kilowatts of power eats sports cars for breakfast. the new Ford Territory Turbo The possibilities are amazing. that it's just gonna be As much as they think rush-in, rush-out, their 5-minute, Saturday morning Everybody walks past and goes, I think I'll take that." "Ooh, I like that, I like that. Bamboo cane round fencing, $49. with Kitbox, $86. 5-in-1 Multi Sander Black & Decker we've got the range. We've got the products, SONG: # Bunnings Warehouse! # Chris Tarrant and Ben Johnson. Good news for Collingwood players to face Adelaide on Saturday night The club has named them in the side

in a street brawl earlier this week. despite the pair being involved for a Collingwood PR event. It wasn't the ideal day left to face the music. Rookie Heath Shaw I can't really comment on that. told you not to comment? REPORTER: Has the club to say anything about that. No, I just think it's wise

remain under a police investigation. Chris Tarrant and Ben Johnson to the defence of his players. Their manager jumping

which the players have been treated, What's disturbing is the manner in particularly by the media, no presumption of innocence. as there seems to be

has been named, But while the troubled pair there are no guarantees. Senior coach, Mick Malthouse, leaving them out of the 22. seriously considering us he's going to make that call Not on his own but with input from as we speak. and I think he's still sitting on it

His two week suspension will stand, Steven Baker's appeal dismissed. A blow for St Kilda tonight with

crucial clash with West Coast. meaning Baker will miss tonight's Kellie Underwood, Ten News. nightclub incident continues to cloud An investigation into a Brett Seymore's immediate future. dumped Brisbane Broncos halfback,

Shane Perry Seymore has been replaced by a steadying factor He's definitely going to be

out there on the field some pressure off Locky. and definitely take Brisbane play Canberra on Sunday. who head-butted his horse An English jockey

for a day. has been banned from his sport out on City Affair Paul O'Neill took his frustration

after the horse misbehaved. Paul O'Neill, here on the left, up and coming jockeys is one of national hunt racing's for a moment of madness but for now, he'll be remembered more

him ahead of a novice seller's race. when his horse, City Affair, unseated at Stratford last month

helmet, head-butted his mount. O'Neill, still wearing a riding COMMENTATOR: Oh dear. Oh, look at that. Today he admitted a charge of improper riding and was banned from racing for one day. I want to take this fine opportunity to say I'm sorry and I want to put this incident behind me and just get on with my career. O'Neill's behaviour drew comparisons with Zinedine Zidane in the World Cup Final. And the Horse Racing Regulatory Authority accepted that as one reason why the incident has brought about so much attention. The RSPCA has the power to bring about a private prosecution but because the horse wasn't injured a ban and a damaged reputation is likely to be O'Neill's only punishment. Frank now with finance - and a blessing for the much-hyped AGL-Alinta merger? At long last Kath. Our competition watchdog says it will not oppose the $6.45 billion gas union. The ACCC says most of the concerns it raised about the merger in June have been addressed, including the aggregation of interests in the eastern gas pipeline. Alinta has welcomed the ACCC's decision saying it's confident that divesting in AGL contracts will not affect the merger's synergies. And Rio Tinto

has put up what's expected to be record-breaking corporate profits.

The mining giant posted a 75% hike in first-half earnings to nearly $5 billion. And shareholders are set to cash in. Rio Tinto now has so much surplus it's considering handing billions of dollars back to investors. Fellow mining group Alumina also joined the party delivering a 59% increase. Rising iron ore and copper prices are being credited for the nation's mining sector boost. Now for the national weather:

Now for a look at Friday's newspapers - 'The Sydney Morning Herald' says New South Wales Commissioner Ken Moroney stands behind the Goulburn academy despite reports of sexual misconduct.

In Brisbane's 'Courier Mail' - grave concerns for residents of Deception Bay as government tests confirm a toxic factory fire did contaminate the area and possibly poison locals. And Soapie star Katie Richie calls it quits with NRL star Chris Walker. That story in Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph'. Making headlines - Hezbollah threatens to strike Israel's financial capital as warplanes continue to bombard targets across Lebanon. Escaping the violence - 30 Australians on boats out of the Lebanese capital, Beirut. A stark warning Iraq will descend into civil war if sectarian clashes aren't stopped. And the Wallabies brace for a Springbok backlash ahead of tomorrow's Tri-Nations clash. And for the latest on the financial markets, Frank Coletta. Kath, the markets didn't seem too sure quite what to think about

the interest rate announcement. Kath, are we getting a good deal as consumers in service related businesses? I'll answer that question shortly. The leader of Hezbollah says his fighters will stop attacking northern Israel if the Jewish military stops hitting civilian areas in Lebanon. His message also threatening to attack Tel Aviv was broadcast on Arab television as eight Israeli civilians were killed in a rain of Hezbollah rockets. The death toll in Lebanon has passed 900 while Israel says it's taken 20 border villages to form a buffer zone. More Australians are on their way home from war-ravaged Lebanon after boarding a ship in Beirut. But the Australian Government says it won't give up on the hundreds still trapped in southern Lebanon. Getting to safety anyway they can, about 30 Australians and hundreds of others boarded a ship in Beirut bound for Cyprus.

The calm and order the Australians found at the docks in stark contrast to the perilous journey they endured when they travelled in convoy from Lebanon's volatile south. I am from Sydney, Australia and my sister. We are just wanting to go home to our parents and family. Just trying to get away, I guess, from the war, so - and hoping the best for everyone who remains here. But their relief is mixed with fears for those left behind. Aid is trickling through but the terror from the air continues to bombard the country meaning few places are safe. I am feeling bad for the people living here. We are going, we are safe, but they are not safe here anymore. A fact not lost on the Australian Government. Even though the San Gwann was supposed to be the final escape ship for Aussies, the Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says the Government will use its close relations with Israel in a bid to get about 200 citizens out of southern Lebanon. Nicole Strahan, Ten News. There are reports this morning

that South-East Asian terrorists will target Australia if we maintain support for Israel's offensive. 'The Australian' newspaper reports the Asian Muslim Youth Movement is monitoring how countries react to the bloodshed.

The group has reportedly sent hundreds of suicide bombers to strike Jewish targets in Britain and the US. Australia has not been excluded as a potential target. America's leading commander in the Middle East is warning that Iraq will descend into civil war if the sectarian violence isn't stopped. It comes as Baghdad is hit by a series of bombings. Iraq's dissent into madness. This one of the half dozen bombs in Baghdad on any given day. SIRENS BLARE An attack at a court. The official death toll of 7,500 in three months is probably an underestimate. "Civil war could be next" says the British Ambassador. That same alarm is now being sounded by the US military. Generals are so worried, they're sending two brigades, at least 5,000 soldiers, to reinforce the Iraqi capital. I believe that the sectarian violence is probably as bad as I've seen it in Baghdad in particular, and that is if not stopped, it is possibly that Iraq could move to civil war. In the Iraqi capital, Shi'ite popular committees for self defence. The formation of such groups is another sign of the break up of Iraq that even senior coalition officials are now predicting. A Senate inquiry has been told there's no evidence of price collusion in the petrol industry. National Party Senator Barnaby Joyce is sceptical about the findings. It's like saying two people who break into a bank who happen to be there at the same time, both in the safe at the same time are not colluding. Senator Joyce says the competition and consumer watchdog doesn't have enough power to investigate price fixing. A speed camera could hold the vital clue to finding the truck driver who hit and killed a toddler near his home. Security vision shows the boy's distraught parents rushing into a medical centre across the street moments after he was hit in Melbourne. A man seen a little later entering the clinic matches the description of the driver. Although speed is not believed to be a factor a nearby camera will be checked for images of the truck. The driver did stop briefly but the left without offering any assistance. Got a need for speed - or are you simply content to watch the sun set on the harbour? Whatever your maritime desire, the biggest boat show in the Southern Hemisphere, should meet it.

But, of course, with a hefty price tag to boot. It's a place where little problems like rising interest rates and the price of petrol don't mean much. Because chances are, if those things matter to you, you're probably not in the market for one of these. There's almost a billion dollars worth of craft on display. You could by a small inflatable for as cheap as $500 or, if you want to, you could spend up to $11 million on one boat.

And here's that boat - a 94-foot marvel with four cabins, each with its own en suite. It's got all the leather lounges that you'd expect, the DVD, surround sound systems, the big plasma televisions, all the fabrics and finishes you'd find in the finest penthouse. And despite the tougher economic times, these big boys' toys continue to sell. We'll turn over $1,388 per second, so per hour our average sales on the floor is about $5 million. Not ready to take the plunge and part with some cash? Well, there's still plenty to look at. There's the rebuilt 'Aggressor' race boat,

complete with a V12 Rolls-Royce Merlin aircraft engine that reached speeds of 280km/h. Or a bunch of boats fit for the greatest spy of them all - actual watercraft used in the movies by all the assorted James Bonds. Floods have emergency crews at full stretch around the South African city of Port Elizabeth. At least three people, including a small child, were killed when rivers burst their banks after days of torrential rain sweeping away hundreds of vehicles. Thousands have been evacuated. Rescuers used everything from helicopters to jet skis to bring stranded people to safety. Southern China is preparing for the onslaught of its 8th typhoon this year. Typhoon Prapiroon is roaring toward Guandong Province with winds up to 130km/h. Train and ferry services have been cancelled

and some 65,000 people evacuated. As emergemcy crews prepare for floods and landslides, thousands of boats have been ordered back to ports to ride out the storm. Collingwood stars Chris Tarrant and Ben Johnson have been named in the side to face Adelaide on Saturday night despite the pair being involved in a street brawl earlier this week. The troubled duo will travel with the team but doubt still remains on whether coach Mick Malthouse will play them. us he's going to make that call Not on his own but with input from as we speak. and I think he's still sitting on it

Andrew Embley and Chad Fletcher Meanwhile, West Coast welcomes back St Kilda tonight. for the crucial match against Steven Baker. The Saints will be without

at the tribunal last night. His two-match suspension upheld have recruited another rookie The Wests Tigers their premiership defence. to help resurrect

against the ladder leading Storm The Tigers must-win match for the teenager. should be a frightening debut has hair like a rock star The latest cub and legs like a catwalk model. set to join one-gamer Chris Lawrence 18-year-old Keith Eshman into the big time. if it wasn't for injury But coach Tim Sheens concedes there would have been no promotion. Probably ahead of our time. about young We said the same thing

The jury's still out. The question mark is still on. to have beaten the Storm this year. The Tigers are one of the few teams A round 4 victory for its fair share of controversy. also remembered was preparing for the World Cup I think Billy all over and done with now. so I think that's The premiers still hopeful will return this season, injured captain Brett Hodgson can scrape into the finals. if the Tigers Rob Canning, Ten News. for a backlash from South Africa The Wallabies are bracing themselves in Sydney. in tomorrow's Tri-Nations clash is unconcerned However, coach John Connolly cheap shots at Stephen Larkham. despite talk the Springboks may take of opposition coach Jake White. Connolly accepting the denials

Yes I do. I believe everything Jake tells me. He's a very honourable man. to shadow the South Africans. Meanwhile, off-field dramas continue against their coach There are rumours of a player revolt but the Wallabies believe by in-house issues. the Spingboks won't be rattled Time for a look at finance and Frank

has had another subdued month? Australia's services sector and Australian Industry Group Index The Commonwealth Bank just over two points last month, shows the growth of services slid related areas faring worst. with the performance of consumer Michael Blythe says Commonwealth Bank chief economist

and consumer related sectors the gap between the business is widening once again. Now for the national weather:

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This program is captioned live. Welcome to Ten's Early News. Good morning. I'm Kathryn Robinson. headlines this Friday - A look at the stories making

shipping out. rescued from Beiruit A final group of Australians to 900. as the death toll in Lebanon rises A senate inquiry heard collusion in the petrol industry. there's no evidence of price

who went missing A family mourns the loss of a toddler and drowned in a Queensland dam.

And in sport - take this. suspension for head-butting a horse. A British jockey cops a one-meet Now for the national weather: Kath, the RBA's decision on our markets. is certainly having a negative affect Kath, coming up - Kath, coming up more news in finance. home from war-ravaged Lebanon More Australians are on their way after boarding a ship in Beirut. But the Australian Government says still trapped in southern Lebanon. it won't give up on the hundreds Getting to safety anyway they can,

about 30 Australians and hundreds of others boarded a ship in Beirut bound for Cyprus. The calm and order the Australians found at the docks in stark contrast to the perilous journey they endured when they travelled in convoy from Lebanon's volatile south. I am from Sydney, Australia and my sister. We are just wanting to go home to our parents and family. Just trying to get away, I guess, from the war, so - and hoping the best for everyone who remains here. But their relief is mixed with fears for those left behind. Aid is trickling through but the terror from the air continues to bombard the country meaning few places are safe. I am feeling bad for the people living here. We are going, we are safe, but they are not safe here anymore. A fact not lost on the Australian Government. Even though the 'San Gwann' was supposed to be the final escape ship for Aussies, the Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says the Government will use its close relations with Israel in a bid to get about 200 citizens out of southern Lebanon. Nicole Strahan, Ten News. The leader of Hezbollah says his fighters will stop attacking northern Israel if the Jewish military stops hitting civilian areas in Lebanon. His message also threatening to attack Tel Aviv was broadcast on Arab television as eight Israeli civilians were killed in a rain of Hezbollah rockets. The death toll in Lebanon has passed 900 while Israel says it's taken 20 border villages to form a buffer zone. A Senate inquiry has heard there's no evidence of price collusion in the petrol industry. It comes amid calls for the consumer watchdog to be given tougher powers to crackdown on any illegal activity.

The Prime Minister says the high price of petrol is the biggest bugbear facing the nation. The PM unimpressed by the latest petrol price inquiry in Canberra. There have been umpteen inquiries and none of them have revealed the level of collusion that I understand people think occurs. But, even members of the Government think something's not quite right. It's like saying two people who break into a bank who happen to be there at the same time, both in the safe at the same time, are not colluding. The prices do go up on a weekly basis in the major capital cities on a Thursday and Friday of each week but that doesn't provide evidence of collusion or cartel behaviour. The consumer watchdog doubtful it could even prove phone calls between petrol companies involved price fixing. You'd actually raise a question whether they were discussing football scores. The solution, say some, give the consumer watchdog sharper teeth because under present laws it's impossible to prove collusion. There needs to be an increase in the powers that the ACCC has. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. And in a bid to crack down on increasing fuel thefts, motorists may soon be asked to pay for their petrol before they fill up. The New South Wales Government has reportedly floated the option in discussions with service station operators and senior police. According to the 'Daily Telegraph' petrol thefts have more than doubled in the past two years. If implemented, the pre-pay system would operate during hours when thefts are highest. A tragic end to the search for a missing toddler in Brisbane.

Police divers discovering the 2-year-old's body in a pond late yesterday. The little girl had wandered off during an outing with her aunt. 2-year-old Isabella Johnson had been visiting this nursery in Brisbane's outer west yesterday when her aunt noticed she was missing just before 1:00. Deeply concerned and unable to locate the little girl, family members called in police to search the area. Initially, cars were checked for fear she'd been abducted. Dozens of police scouring surrounding paddocks and bushland as a search helicopter hovered above. For the first few hours, the search centred on a dam. Neighbours expressing their concern. One of the police dogs had a good sniff straight at the dam when they noticed she was missing. It was the first place the dog went, apparently. Then four hours later a family's hopes shattered. Isabella's body found at the back of the nursery in a disused pond. The area had experienced recent rain. Kate Donnison, Ten News. A Sydney man who took his three children in a custody dispute will face extradition proceedings in a Canberra court today. The youngsters, aged 5, 3 and 22 months, were taken by their father after an argument with their mother.

She's been released from hospital with a knife wound to her arm. NSW police will seek the man's extradition on a malicious wounding charge.

The children were finally discovered at a motel on the outskirts of Canberra after a statewide alert in NSW. Dozens of electronic road signs were used to appeal for public help to find the children. From trim to tubby - new pictures of Ian Thorpe have emerged enjoying the good life. Reports this morning that the Thorpedo is spending less time in the pool training

and more time going out in the United States. 'The Sydney Morning Herald' claims the 23-year-old, who moved into a luxurious Beverley Hills mansion earlier this year, is munching on hamburgers and sipping on coke. The paper says the 5-time Olympic Champion has barely been seen at training and is getting fat. Hollywood's most anticipated marriage could take place this weekend. Speculation is mounting stars Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are just hours from tying the knot. Several huge tents and outdoor chandeliers have reportedly been erected at the Scientology Celebrity Centre in California. But Cruise's spokesperson says the nuptials are planned for late September. 44-year-old Cruise and 27-year-old Holmes gave birth to their first child Suri in April. Good news for Collingwood players Chris Tarrant and Ben Johnson. The club has named them in the side to face Adelaide on Saturday night despite the pair being involved in a street brawl earlier this week. It wasn't the ideal day for a Collingwood PR event.

Rookie Heath Shaw left to face the music. I can't really comment on that. REPORTER: Has the club told you not to comment? No, I just think it's wise to say anything about that. Chris Tarrant and Ben Johnson remain under a police investigation. Their manager jumping to the defence of his players. What's disturbing is the manner in which the players have been treated, particularly by the media, as there seems to be no presumption of innocence. But while the troubled pair has been named, there are no guarantees. Senior coach, Mick Malthouse, seriously considering leaving them out of the 22. Not on his own but with input from us he's going to make that call

and I think he's still sitting on it as we speak.

A blow for St Kilda with Steven Baker's appeal dismissed. His two week suspension will stand, meaning Baker will miss tonight's crucial clash with West Coast. Kelli Underwood, Ten News. An investigation into a nightclub incident continues to cloud dumped Brisbane Broncos halfback, Brett Seymour's immediate future. Seymour has been replaced by Shane Perry who the Broncos hope will turn around their flagging form. He's definitely going to be a steadying factor out there on the field

and definitely take some pressure off Locky. Brisbane play Canberra on Sunday. An English jockey who head-butted his horse has been banned from his sport for a day. Paul O'Neill took his frustration out on City Affair after the horse misbehaved. Paul O'Neill, here on the left, is one of national hunt racing's up and coming jockeys but for now, he'll be remembered more for a moment of madness at Stratford last month when his horse, City Affair, unseated him ahead of a novice seller's race. O'Neill, still wearing a riding helmet, head-butted his mount. COMMENTATOR: Oh dear. Oh, look at that. I want to take this fine opportunity to say I'm sorry and I want to put this incident behind me and just get on with my career. O'Neill's behaviour drew comparisons with Zinedine Zidane in the World Cup Final. And the Horse Racing Regulatory Authority accepted that as one reason why the incident has brought about so much attention. The RSPCA has the power to bring about a private prosecution but because the horse wasn't injured a ban and a damaged reputation is likely to be O'Neill's only punishment. Frank now with finance. Kath, analysts say it's not out of the question if the price of oil maintains its upwards march.

It's a figure that displeases but no longer shocks. Petrol above $1.40 a litre is now common - tied to global oil prices hovering around US$75 a barrel.

But for how long? We think it will be around US$75 for at least the next 3-6 months before modestly declining towards the end of this year. That measured view is disputed by others who warn another Katrina-like hurricane which hits refineries or an escalation of violence in the Middle East

could push that barrel above US$125. That would force petrol here closer to $2 a litre.

The price of unleaded is made up of 78 cents in oil and production costs, more than 50 cents in tax and an oil-company profit margin that slides between 8 and 14 cents. I knew there was some sort of tax, but I didn't know it would be that much. And that tax take is under fire. We've already got an excise of 38 cents per litre, and on top of that we're paying a 10% GST - so we've got a tax on a tax. Car-buyers at least seem to be getting it - large vehicle sales down by as much as 26%. Eddy Meyer, Ten News. Now let's take a brief look at some of the other stories making business news.

Now for the national weather:

Now for a look at Friday's newspapers -

More news is next. ON THE SATELLITE, A DAMP DAY ACROSS MOST OF THE REGION TODAY, BEFORE A HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM BRINGS FINE WEEKEND WEATHER. IN THE NATIONA'S CAPITAL, A COOL - PARTLY CLOUDY DAY - WITH MODERATE SOUTH EAST WINDS, AND 13 DEGREES. SHOWERS IN SYDNEY, FINE IN MELBOURNE. FRESHENING SOUTHERLY WINDS ALONG THE COAST. SHOWERS AND 16 IN WOLLONGONG, A SIMILAR DAY AND 15 IN BEGA. THUNDERSTORMS IN ORANGE. A FEW SHOWERS AND 11 IN BOWRAL, AND GOULBURN. ONE WARMER IN BATHURST. 16 IN BATEMANS BAY. MINUS ONE WARMING TO 11 IN COOMA. HEADED FOR 14 IN MUDGEE, 15 IN NOWRA. TO THE ALL IMPORTANT OUTLOOK NOW, FOR CANBERRA AND SURROUNDS.... AND TODAY'S SHOWERS CLEARING TOMORROW. STAYING FINE ACROSS THE REGION, RIGHT THROUGH UNTIL THURSDAY. (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE.) This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making headlines - Hezbollah threatens to strike Israel's financial capital as warplanes continue to bombard targets across Lebanon. Escaping the violence -

30 Australians on boats out of the Lebanese capital, Beirut. A stark warning Iraq will descend into civil war if sectarian clashes aren't stopped. And the Wallabies brace for a Springbok backlash ahead of tomorrow's Tri-Nations clash. Hezbollah's leader is threatening to strike Israel's financial capital

Tel Aviv in retaliation for airstrikes on Beirut. Overnight, seven Israeli civilians have been killed, in a furious rocket attack unleashed on the north of the country. Death came to this village today, courtesy of Hezbollah. One of their rockets fell to earth in this open field and three farm labourers were killed. This border patrol captain was first on the scene. "I knew the three men who died", he told me "and I saw the lying on the ground just by the rock. "We tried to help them but it was too late". When we arrived it was all quiet. Everyone confident the area wouldn't be hit again so soon. Then this. ALARM SOUNDS In fact, one rocket had already landed behind us. Everyone is on edge. In this most rocketed city in Israel, parts of a katoosha littered the street. The government says Hezbollah has been weakened, but by how much if it can still attack Israel like this? And it's not just civilians who are suffering. Israeli troops are taking the most casualties.

Hezbollah proving a formidable fighting force for the Middle East's most powerful army. 30 more Australians have escaped the violence engulfing Lebanon.

Men, women and children boarded a ship in Beirut bound for Cyprus after a dangerous journey from southern parts of the country. Although relieved to be heading to safety, many of the Australians fear for loved ones they've been forced to leave behind. The ship was supposed to be the final way out for Australians, but the Government has indicated there could be other mercy dashes to rescue 200 still trapped in southern Lebanon. America's leading commander in the Middle East is warning that Iraq will descend into civil war if the sectarian violence isn't stopped. It comes as Baghdad is hit by a series of bombings. Iraq's dissent into madness. This one of the half dozen bombs in Baghdad on any given day. SIRENS BLARE

An attack at a court. The official death toll of 7,500 in three months is probably an underestimate. "Civil war could be next" says the British Ambassador. That same alarm is now being sounded by the US military. Generals are so worried, they're sending two brigades, at least 5,000 soldiers, to reinforce the Iraqi capital. I believe that the sectarian violence is probably as bad as I've seen it in Baghdad in particular,

and that is if not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move to civil war. In the Iraqi capital, Shi'ite popular committees for self defence. The formation of such groups is another sign of the break up of Iraq that even senior coalition officials are now predicting. A Senate inquiry has been told there's no evidence of price collusion in the petrol industry. National Party Senator Barnaby Joyce is sceptical about the findings. It's like saying two people who break into a bank who happen to be there at the same time, both in the safe at the same time are not colluding. Senator Joyce says the competition and consumer watchdog doesn't have enough power to investigate price fixing. Police are investigating the death of a Sydney baby. News Limited papers allege the Department of Community Services knew 1-year-old Robbie Dean Gillet was living in an unsafe family environment.

But the paper says DOCS failed to take any action. His body was found at a home in Claymore on Monday. The cause of his death has not been released. A grieving family is demanding charges be laid after a bouncer was found responsible for their loved one's death. Michael Robertson's grief-stricken parents yesterday heard a coroner find that a single blow by door man Ellia Zakkour led to their son's death from irreparable brain damage. He was struck down during a fight outside a Melbourne drinking hole three years ago.

The Office of Public Prosecutions previously found there was insufficient evidence to lay charges. Got a need for speed - or are you simply content to watch the sun set on the harbour? Whatever your maritime desire, the biggest boat show in the Southern Hemisphere, should meet it. But, of course, with a hefty price tag to boot. It's a place where little problems like rising interest rates and the price of petrol don't mean much. Because chances are, if those things matter to you, you're probably not in the market for one of these. There's almost a billion dollars worth of craft on display. You could by a small inflatable for as cheap as $500.

or, if you want to, you could spend up to $11 million on one boat. And here's that boat - a 94-foot marvel with four cabins, each with its own en suite. It's got all the leather lounges that you'd expect, the DVD, surround sound systems, the big plasma televisions, And despite the tougher economic times, these big boys' toys continue to sell. We'll turn over $1,388 per second, so per hour our average sales on the floor is about $5 million. Not ready to take the plunge and part with some cash?

Well, there's still plenty to look at. There's the rebuilt 'Aggressor' race boat, complete with a V12 Rolls-Royce Merlin aircraft engine that reached speeds of 280km/h. Or a bunch of boats fit for the greatest spy of them all - actual watercraft used in the movies by all the assorted James Bonds. Angela Bishop, Ten News. To foreign news now - and two astronauts have spent 6.5 hours floating outside the orbiting International Space Station. NASA's Jeffrey Williams and Thomas Reiter

from the European Space Agency spent their time replacing several pieces of broken equipment. It was necessary to accomodate the next stage of construction Another huge award has pushed a quiet divorce into the headlines in Britain. A judge awarded Beverley Charman almost $100 million. But that's infuriated her former husband, insurance magnate John Charman, said to be worth at least $300 million in cash and properties. He says he'll appeal claiming his offer of $50 million was more than anyone could spend in a life-time. Collingwood stars Chris Tarrant and Ben Johnson have been named in the side to face Adelaide on Saturday night despite the pair being involved in a street brawl earlier this week. The troubled duo will travel with the team but doubt still remains on whether coach Mick Malthouse will play them. Not on his own but with input from us he's going to make that call and I think he's still sitting on it as we speak.

Meanwhile, West Coast welcomes back Andrew Embley and Chad Fletcher for the crucial match against St Kilda tonight. The Saints will be without Steven Baker. His two-match suspension upheld at the tribunal last night. The Wests Tigers have recruited another rookie to help resurrect their premiership defence. The Tigers must-win match against the ladder leading Storm should be a frightening debut for the teenager. The latest cub has hair like a rock star and legs like a catwalk model. 18-year-old Keith Eshman set to join one-gamer Chris Lawrence into the big time. But coach Tim Sheens concedes if it wasn't for injury there would have been no promotion. Probably ahead of our time. We said the same thing about the young. The question mark is still on. The jury's still out.

The Tigers are one of the few teams to have beaten the Storm this year.

A round 4 victory also remembered for its fair share of controversy. I think Billy was preparing for the World Cup so I think that's all over and done with now. The premiers still hopeful injured captain Brett Hodgson will return this season, if the Tigers can scrape into the finals. Rob Canning, Ten News. The Wallabies are bracing themselves for a backlash from South Africa in tomorrow's Tri-Nations clash in Sydney.

However, coach John Connolly is unconcerned despite talk the Springboks may take cheap shots at Stephen Larkham. Connolly accepting the denials of opposition coach Jake White. I believe everything Jake tells me. Yes I do. He's a very honourable man. Meanwhile, off-field dramas continue to shadow the South Africans. There are rumours of a player revolt against their coach but the Wallabies believe

the Spingboks won't be rattled by in-house issues.

Time for a look at finance and Frank Kath, a negative start. The markets didn't seem too sure

what to think about the interest rate announcement. Embattled wheat exporter AWB has ended days of speculation appointing Gordon Davis as its new managing director. The senior Orica executive replaces Andrew Lindberg who resigned in February in the wake of the Iraq kickbacks inquiry. Now for the national weather: Now for a look at the day ahead. A quick recap of the morning's top stories - And 400 Australians have been rescued from Beiruit as the death toll in Lebanon rises to 900. There are calls for the consumer watchdog to be given tougher powers to crackdown on illegal fuel pricing activity. And police are investigating the death of a toddler in a pond in Queensland. She'd been at the park with her aunt. That's it for Ten Early News. I'm Kathryn Robinson, 'bye for now.

And I'm Frank Coletta. Have a great weekend. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au